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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business


Providing Innovative Learning Opportunities

We offer a dynamic educational experience for our students through our centers, institutes and programs. Experiential learning, in which students apply classroom theories to real-world experiences, is the hallmark of the innovative business school learning environment. With a fully engaged support network, research labs equipped with the latest technology and opportunities for hands-on learning, our students gain competitive skills while also gaining all-important confidence.

Through relevant seminar programs, assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses, executive education programs, and conferences and seminars where international experts stimulate dialogue and inspire positive action, the college fulfills its mission to develop leaders — both on campus and throughout the community.

Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The mission of the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is to support educational, research and outreach programs that promote entrepreneurial activity and economic development of the region, state and nation. The focus is on wealth creation through entrepreneurial activity.

BB&T Center for Education and Economic Policy Studies

The BB&T Center for Economic Education and Policy Studies helps people better understand markets in practical and ethical terms.

Center for Corporate Learning

Clemson University's Center for Corporate Learning brings the University into the workplace and has been a provider of professional education and customized training programs for business, education and industry for more than 50 years. The Center for Corporate Learning brings together Clemson's expert instructors and thought leaders, along with industry experts from across the nation to create dynamic learning environments for executive education and professional development. The center is dedicated to delivering job-specific solutions for today's complex business world.

Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

Founded in the fall of 2005 with a generous grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC) is dedicated to exploring the moral, legal, constitutional, political and economic foundations of capitalism. The CISC is particularly devoted to fostering a serious examination of a free society.

Erwin Center for Brand Communications

The Erwin Center was founded in 2012 through a donation by Joe and Gretchen Erwin. The center prepares students for careers in marketing and advertising.

Hayek Center for the Business of Prosperity

At its April 2018 meeting, Clemson University's Board of Trustees approved the founding of the Hayek Center for the Business of Prosperity. The Hayek Center will be a hub of research and teaching that explores critical questions surrounding the role of business as a means of improving the human condition. The center is named for Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek.

Information Economy Project

The Information Economy Project (IEP) is where law & economics meet telecommunications policy. The information economy is central to the health of the global economy, invokes fundamental free speech issues and determines how our basic social and economic institutions — including the emerging Internet and disruptive wireless markets — are shaped. The IEP supports academic research, policy analysis and popular commentary using economic theory and empirical methods to evaluate the challenges facing policymakers, judges and entrepreneurs throughout the sector.

Sales Innovation Program

The Sales Innovation Program (SIP) was founded in 2019 as a flagship program within the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business through an Academic Cornerstone donation by Dan and Nancy Garrison. The program focuses on being a nationally renowned resource for sales education, sales research and valuable academic partnerships. Our sales education coursework is tailored to develop students' business acumen, selling frameworks and presentation ability in order to equip them for influential roles in sales or related positions.

Small Business Development Center

The Clemson Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers personal guidance and assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Abbeville, Edgefield, Saluda, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick counties. Through personal and confidential consultation, SBDC representatives provide one-on-one management and technical assistance to small business owners who wish to start, grow or maintain their businesses. The SBDC offers marketing analysis, business plan preparation, financial feasibility studies and other valuable resources to the entrepreneur at little to no cost.

S.C. SBDC's are a consortium of four universities, whose 17 regional/area centers are located throughout the state. As part of the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business at Clemson University, the Clemson Regional SBDC is located at 1 North Main Street in downtown Greenville.

The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics

The Sonoco Institute was created to exploit the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and packaging science departments. It is the only university program in the country with this one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency. The Sonoco Institute attracts economic development not only to South Carolina but to the nation as a whole; and recruits, hires and maintains the top researchers in the world related to packaging design and graphics.

Student Service Centers

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising Center creates and administers a network of high-quality informational, guidance and support services that facilitate the optimal intellectual and personal development of our students. The center's mission reflects the core values of both Clemson University and the college by providing a student-oriented infrastructure of services that foster enhanced student academic, scholarship and leadership experiences.

Career and Global Engagement

The Office of Career and Global Engagement helps students become effective leaders, entrepreneurs and globally competitive professionals through programs that enhance their leadership capabilities and career-readiness. Through our office, students receive assistance with professional development and careers; finding internships; resume review, full-time job search advice and interviewing skills; leadership opportunities; and study abroad information.

Labs for Student Learning

Clemson Trading Room

The Clemson Trading Room offers students an opportunity to gain real-time trading experience using sophisticated technology. Undergraduates use the trading room for projects ranging from corporate finance to portfolio management.

Manufacturing Management Lab

The Manufacturing Management Laboratory promotes active learning involving modern principles of manufacturing management, leading-edge enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, teamwork and leadership.

Phyfer Innovation Hub

The Phyfer Innovation Hub is housed within the Clemson MBA space at Greenville ONE and provides MBA students, faculty and the upstate community a place to meet and share innovative thought and practice. This includes mentoring promising startups and providing ongoing support for workplace innovation.

Sales Lab

The Sales Lab is a training ground for students seeking guidance on how to enhance their communication skills, hone their interviewing techniques and prepare for a career in sales.

Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business | 343 Chandler L. Burns Hall, Clemson, S.C. 29634